In selected sites, short, rough-surfaced dental implants are as successful as long dental implants Critical Summary Prepared by: Ben Balevi B.Eng, D.D.S., Dip EBHC(Oxford), M.Sc. 

A Critical Summary of:

Impact of dental implant length on early failure rates: a meta-analysis of observational studies

Pommer, B., Frantal, S., Willer, J., Posch, M., Watzek, G., Tepper, G.. Journal of Clinical Periodontology. 2011;38(9):856-63

Published Date: 2/2/2013

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at :-


  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    Evidence suggests that short (< 10 millimeters), rough-surfaced dental implants will osseointegrate successfully.

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    Although this review is limited to observational studies, growing evidence suggests that short, rough-surfaced dental implants may obviate the need for invasive bone augmentation procedures.

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